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Considered one of the the best, if not the best high school player in the nation, 17-year-old Jeron Teng from Xavier has committed to play college basketball for De La Salle University.
The son of former PBA player Alvin “The Robocop” Teng formally announced his decision recently, citing his family’s religious beliefs and high regard of the La Sallian educational system as main reasons for choosing the Taft based university.
The 6’1 guard Teng, who once score 104 points in a high school basketball game and donned the country’s colors at the FIBA under-18 the Youth Olympic Games, will bolster an improved Green Archers team that will be bringing in a new coaching staff led by head coach and former DLSU standout Gee Abanilla.
Yet to play a single second of college ball, Teng is already drawing comparisons to last year’s rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena. “I’m happy that I’m getting compared to my idol Kiefer Ravena, because he’s already a star player,” Teng told DZSR’s Snow Badua in an interview.
Asked if he is the Archer’s version of Ravena, Teng humbly responded, “No. Kiefer is already a star player, and I’m still just starting; I’m just a rookie […] I’ll just play my best and give everything I can to help La Salle go back to its winning ways.”
From the beginning, it appears that Teng knew where exactly he wanted to go for his higher learning. “On his own, Jeron took the La Salle entrance exams,” said his mom Susan as quoted by PhilStar.com. “We didn’t ask for special treatment. He walked in through the front door. We value the La Salle education which is the reason why Jeron chose to play for the school. He also knows the basketball program is high quality. He hopes to someday play in the PBA and believes playing for La Salle will lead to a long career. The education at La Salle will assure him of a career after basketball.”
(Click here for an exclusive interview with Jeron Teng by our colleague Snow Badua)
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